This interdisciplinary and international book subjects key areas of inclusion in the global knowledge economy to critical scrutiny from queer perspectivism. Drawing on empirical data from diverse international contexts including Chile, Finland, Japan, Malaysia, India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Ghana, Tanzania, South Africa, and the UK, this book examines sites of affective antagonisms, fragility, and friction, and explores whether queer theory can provide alternative readings of contemporary pathways, pedagogical and research cultures, political economies, and policy priorities with higher education. Main themes covered include:

  • The Global Knowledge Economy and Epistemic Injustice
  • Decolonisation
  • Internationalisation
  • Feminist Leadership
  • Affirmative Action
  • Queering the Political Economy of Neoliberalism
  • Digitalisation of academic work

Both comparative and illustrative, this key text provides a comparative analysis that recognises epistemic diversity, multiplicity of experiences, and, importantly, the effect of comparative reason in constructing stratified universities’ world fields and excluded and marginal academic experiences. It also takes into account the colonial historical entanglements in the ongoing formation and disavowal of the university and academic labour.

Queering Higher Education: Troubling Norms in the Global Knowledge Economy is ideal reading for all those interested in queer theory and how it relates to higher education.

chapter |11 pages


chapter 1|32 pages

Rainbow Laces and Safe Spaces

Applying Queer Theory to the Academy

chapter 3|26 pages

Queering the Digital Knowledge Economy

Disruption, Personalisation, and Privatisation

chapter 4|32 pages

Queering Internationalisation

Contesting Policy and Knowledge Imaginaries From Migrants' Embodied Experiences

chapter |5 pages


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